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wombosi 02-01-2009 10:04 PM

check out the new ball valves!
i got tired of messing with my leaking globe valves.
took a few hours today and installed these new ball valves. very nice action.
i found it challenging sweating the valve on the pipe, seemed very loose. one of the two leaked when i turned the main back on. had to do it all over.

now totally leak free and working beautifull.


I was annoyed at how these valves were directly above all that wiring, so i moved them down the pipe as far as i could.
wanted to put them in a much more convenient spot altogether, but would've required much more work anda bunch of pipe, and i figured this would be good enough.


Thanks for the idea to replace them. Was a no brainer.

Nestor_Kelebay 02-01-2009 11:45 PM

Whenever I buy ball valves, I always check to see that they have a packing nut on the spindle. Some Chinese valve manufacturers are making ball valves without a packing nut because they're selling these valves for 50 cents each, and it costs more than that to provide a packing and packing nut.

I'll pay the #$%&ing few cents more, just give me a packing nut I can tighten if it leaks around the stem. I've had ball valves leak past the stem, and it strikes me as stupidity on stilts not to have a packing nut on any kind of a valve.

RippySkippy 02-02-2009 08:02 AM

Nice job!

zosoplumber 02-02-2009 05:35 PM

good looking work!:thumbup:

DUDE! 02-02-2009 07:16 PM

Nice job, looks good, one thing on those valves, I've picked them up before and seems not many come with a bleeder screw on them, I like that option for draining the line if needed down the road.

micromind 02-02-2009 11:12 PM

That's nice work, using 45's instead of 90's is one sign of a true craftsman.


Tom Struble 02-03-2009 12:20 AM

looks great:thumbsup:

brokenknee 02-03-2009 09:00 PM

And a fine looking job it is. You can't even see were you burnt the joist. :laughing:

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